People often remark on the level detail in my artwork, and say I must have lots of patience. It’s no secret I have a love of tiny details, also mammoth projects that take years, preferably both at once (see Lighter Than My Shadow). But the truth is this kind of work isn’t a test of patience for me. This is what I love. Having recently completed this Alasdair Roberts poster using scratch board, perhaps the epitome of a painstaking medium, I’m finding myself drawn back to using it again. It’s the same thing, I think, that means I enjoy knitting so much – another activity that brings remarks on how much patience I have. But it only has to do with patience if you focus on the end result. Yes it might take me a year to knit a sweater, or five years to draw a whole book. But when I finished drawing the book that took me five years, it was like the bottom fell out of my world. I have felt lost, listless and it’s taken me two years to recover any sense of what to do when I get up in the morning. Two years to realise that the finished product was not the important thing at all. I’m not saying I don’t want to knit sweaters or make books: that’s what I want to to all day every day! It’s just that I’m realising I’m not in this for the finishing. In the end, any books or sweaters are kind of incidental. What matters more is the act of making. I’m wary of this starting to sound a little wacky so I’ll tread carefully. I love creating the most when I’m utterly engaged in the process. Time drifts and my purpose becomes irrelevant: I am absorbed in each tiny mark or stitch. I’ve found that generally the more longwinded and painstaking a process is, the more effective it is at inducing this kind of meditative state where I am at my happiest. Finding this sweet spot amid deadlines, the (real or perceived) pressure to finish something new and the very real need to sell things, well that’s a different kind of challenge…but lately I’m enjoying meticulous processes that remind me they are the best bit. The above is my charming new house! I’ve spent the last couple of weeks packing, shifting and unpacking boxes. I’m still living with a significant degree of chaos but hope to show you around my new studio soon.
Bake Off themed birthday cake (dragging it out, it was actually yesterday, and this is technically the third cake). I have been super spoiled. 💚💚💚 It's delicious.
Jack wants a treat, and so do I! 🍫 I conquered the pesky Burnside Bibs! To be honest, after the backside incident I think I overcompensated and they are now a bit big back there. But they are out of the naughty corner, they are finished, and they are comfortable. Now can I make a dress? #pyjamasyoucanweartowork #burnsidebibs #sewhouseseven #fearoftrousers
I made a podcast! It features a little drawing for @thismustbesonja, a lot of designing and knitting for @blackeryarns, some crazy exciting news about my book, and a bit of Jack (especially if you watch right to the end 🐶) It's up on YouTube now. #thegreenbeanpodcast
Was just looking through old photos and found this cracking action shot of me and Jack from last winter! 💛 #darmoor #godartmoor #jackrussellterrier #jackrussellsofinstagram
Ages ago, someone asked permission to make my "Recovery Is..." artwork into bookmarks for their twelve step group. Of course I said yes, but I forgot about it until a few arrived in the post today. 🌈📮 They did a beautiful job and I love them! This piece is still as poignant for me as the day I made it. I was thinking I might get some of these made for my etsy shop. #recovery #recoveryis #calligraphy #handlettering #katiegreenbean
After a long hot summer of unsatisfactory splooshing, today we struck wild swimming gold 👌 #dartmoor #getoutside #wildswimming #abitmuddyatthebottom
Saturdays are for swatches I should not be swatching. #pompommag #ixchelpullover #blackeryarns
This year at work I've helped design a yarn inspired by one of my favourite landscapes. I've picked a palette of all my favourite colours, and been the first person ever to knit with it. I've spent the last few months designing patterns for this dream of a yarn, and I am so excited to share them with you in two weeks' time! 💚 It's @blackeryarns limited edition birthday yarn, #blackeryarnstor
Normally I don't mix my day job and my creative practice, but if you've been wondering why I've been so quiet here...it's because the lines have become a little blurry lately! I have been up to my ears designing my first knitwear and crochet collection. I think most of you already know where I work, but if you don't, you soon will 😂 P.s. This is only half the pile, but it is not all my own handiwork. Thank goodness for wonderful sample knitters and crocheters ❤
Dog on a rock.
A perfect evening for a walk in the woods 🌿
Painstakingly cut, pinned, repinned, pattern matched and french seamed the whole thing. Then realised I had cut out the wrong pattern piece, it doesn't fit and I need to unpick it all and start over. 😭 #sundaysewing #noooooo